Chelsea striker Diego Costa is unlikely to return to former outfit Atletico Madrid in the summer, according to the Spanish club’s president.
Costa has been heavily linked with a move back to Atletico, where he scored 54 goals in 114 games, having reportedly failed to settle in England.
However, Enrique Cerezo has cast doubts over a potential deal.
“He has a contract with Chelsea,” Cerezo told Al Primer Toque Onda Cero.
“There are many times when, as much as a I want a player, there is a contract. To negotiate with Chelsea can be really tough, almost impossible.”
The Spain striker was part of the Atletico side which broke the duopoly of Barcelona and Real Madrid to win the La Liga in 2014, and also reached the Champions League final with the club.
Should Atletico end their interest in the 27-year-old, who is set to top Chelsea’s goalscoring charts for the second-successive season, then that could open the door for a move to the Chinese Super League, with a number of clubs linked with a huge bid for the striker.
Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is understood to want to sign a new forward for the Blues, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Gonzalo Higuain linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.